Celebrating 40 Years of Conservation Work
To promote ecosystem integrity, protect quality of life, and foster environmental awareness in northern Southeast Alaska.
Lynn Canal Conservation (LCC) is a grassroots conservation organization based in Haines, Alaska. We rely on a healthy environment to provide jobs, subsistence foods, recreation, and quality of life. LCC has a long-term commitment to the health of fish and wildlife populations and to regulations that promote clean water and stream protection for watersheds important to commercial, sport, and subsistence salmon fisheries. Protecting fish habitat is an essential part of a healthy economic future for our region.
Public Comment Opportunities
The public process is being thwarted by Alaska's Governor Parnell. Read about specific violations of due process during this year's legislative session pertaining to issues important to all Alaskans. . Juneau Empire, Faibanks News Miner, and Anchorage Daily News.
Governor Parnell recently made a unilateral decision to change the plans for the proposed Alaska Class Ferry a large mainliner intended to replace some of South Easts' aging vessels. The public process and two years' worth of legislation were disregarded. Governor Parnell and Transportation Commissioner Kemp have now decided to promote design studies for two smaller roll-on-roll-off shuttle ferries rather than the Alaska Class Ferry approved by the Legislature.
DOT still needs to hear your voices about the Alaska Class Ferry project redirection.
Testify by calling or emailing the Transportation Committee:
1. Write emails, letters, letters to the editor and cc DOT & the Governor's office
(Please address your comments to your senator or representative, but feel free to cc remaining committee members to ensure they are all listening to your voices)
Transportation Committee Member Contact Information
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Constantine Signs Option & Joint Venture Agreement with Dowa Metals & Mining
Vancouver, BC – Constantine Metal Resources Ltd. (TSX Venture – CEM) ("Constantine" or the "Company") is pleased to announce signing the Option and Joint Venture Agreement (the "Agreement") with Dowa Metals & Mining Co., Ltd. of Japan ("Dowa") on the Palmer VMS project ("the Project"). The Agreement has received approval by Dowa’s and Constantine’s boards of directors, and formal signing of the Agreement was carried out on the evening of February 1, 2013.
Garfield MacVeigh, President and CEO of Constantine states: "Dowa is an exceptional partner for the Palmer project and we are extremely pleased for the opportunity to be working together. They bring expertise with financial resources to join our team in the next steps to realize the full potential of the Palmer project."
Under the terms of the Agreement, Dowa has the option to earn a 49% interest in the Project by making aggregate expenditures of US$22,000,000 over a four year period. Expenditures for each year shall not be less than US$3,000,000, with Dowa funding a minimum of US$3,000,000 in year one as a firm commitment. Included in the aggregate expenditure are cash payments to Constantine totaling US$1,250,000 over four years, of which US$500,000 was received upon signing of the Agreement. Following Dowa completing the required earn-in expenditures and exercising their option, a 51:49 joint venture between Constantine (51%) and Dowa (49%) for the Project will be formed. The Agreement also includes terms that allow Dowa to acquire certain zinc and copper off-take rights in stages, during and upon completion of the earn-in option period.
As Operator, Constantine has commenced planning for the 2013 work program, with formal budget and work plan approvals expected within a few months.
Listen to February, 5th 2013 KHNS Coverage
No Punitive Action Taken Against River Adventures
High-value rearing habitat at risk
Lynn Canal Conservation (LCC) filed a complaint with the Department of Parks and Outdoor Recreation (DPOR), providing photographic evidence that River Adventures Jet Boat Tours violated its permit on 27 occasions in July and August of 2012, by failing to observe the no wake restriction in the Sheep Canyon Lake access channel inside the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve. LCC requested DPOR impose penalties on the tour company, remove the access channel from the tour route, stabilize the bank channels with willow cuttings to restore the integrity of the stream bank, assess the entire tour route for erosion, and re-evaluate allowing commercial jet boats to run over occupied salmon habitat in the Kelsall Delta area in May and September.
Director of DPOR Ben Ellis announced on November, 30th 2012 that no punitive action will be taken against River Adventures. Ranger Preston Kroes was assigned the task of investigating the complaint and did not find evidence in support of citing River Adventures. List to recent KHNS coverage of the investigation results.
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